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Legrand 2022 Predictions: Five Trends for 2022

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2022.  Read them in this 14th annual series exclusive.

Five Trends for 2022

By Marc Cram, Legrand

Heading into 2022, the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 is still with us all and continues to batter us with new variants that impact people's lives and the global economy. Its legacy is an acceleration of the growth in network traffic that pulled in by nearly two years what was forecasted by Cisco and crushed it into two months. This leads to new opportunities and new difficulties in the year ahead. Let's explore a few of them.

Broadband Coverage

Like trying to hit a moving target, the internet service providers will adjust once again in response to the redefinition of what it means to deliver broadband service. Where 25Mbit/sec downloads were previously considered ‘broadband,' that speed is no longer sufficient for the task. Look for that figure to be bumped up closer to 50Mbit or even 100Mbit. Recent statistics show that over 10% of subscribers already have access to gigabit bandwidths thanks to fiber to the home, and that number will grow over time. Those lucky to have Ultrawideband 5G coverage are seeing near-gigabit speeds already. Expect to see Wi-Fi 6 adoption become more widespread, especially at the residential level. Home router upgrades should see an uptick in 2022. Higher broadband rates will result in a better chance for Facebook/Meta to succeed in its Metaverse efforts.


The number of subscribers moving up from 4G to 5G service will grow, driven by the availability of more 5G-capable handsets and greater coverage from widespread infrastructure deployment. Private networks and slicing will see a long-term uptick in demand. O-RAN, Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung will see new opportunities as rip-and-replace takes hold in several markets. 5G will see further adoption in the industrial manufacturing and IoT markets as a means of achieving higher numbers of connections with greater data throughput. Localization of processing will necessarily follow to achieve latency goals in the 1 msec range. Several markets will see 5G fixed wireless access offered as an alternative to cable and fiber. Signal boosters in the form of external antennas and amplifiers should see growth in both the commercial and residential markets.

Edge Computing

As defined by the TIA, inner, outer, and far edge computing will become the lingua franca for discussing where the edge is and what it does. This will enable the architects for edge computing to standardize platforms, segment processing roles across resources, and match workloads to suitable infrastructure. Deployments of edge compute will grow in number and complexity, and resilience will be achieved through software as much as through hardware.

Data Center Sustainability

Look for the hype machine to be dialed up to 11 as we get another year closer to 2030 and the time when many companies have declared they will become carbon neutral or even carbon negative. Seeing how the aggregate power consumption of data centers continues to climb, albeit, at a slower rate than in the past, the need for breakthroughs in designing compute installations for improved levels of efficiency and power density will grow in importance. This will apply for edge deployments as well as hyperscale. Ironically, liquid cooling is seeing a resurgence despite being technology as old as the mainframe. Meanwhile, the drive for the adoption of renewable energy sources will cause data centers to build out their solar PV fields or even help pay for wind farms to be installed. Diesel generators will begin phase-out as battery energy storage systems (BESS) and hydrogen fuel cells see greater uptake to provide ride-through capabilities until utility power or local generation is restored.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Look for it to become even more widely available. Custom silicon development focused around AI by the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, and Qualcomm will lead to reduced power consumption while enabling more voice interfaces and more hardware performance optimization.

In Conclusion

The pace of change continues unabated despite the setbacks resulting from the pandemic. Those strong enough to keep pushing ahead will see many new opportunities in 2022. The industry is evolving, but tomorrow's demands will push the transformation into over-drive. We at Legrand are here to help create effective and successful solutions for today's and tomorrow's data center challenges.



Marc Cram 

Marc Cram is Director of New Market Development for Legrand's Data, Power, and Control division, which includes the Raritan and Server Technology brands. A technology evangelist, he is driven by a passion to deliver a positive power experience for the data center owner/operator. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rice University and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of electronics.

Published Friday, December 17, 2021 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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